Ginger Shots

Ginger shots are intensely flavored drinks that deliver a super-concentrated burst of ginger juice. They’ve become very popular items at juice bars and grocery stores for their powerful anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, and antioxidant properties.

Two ginger shots in shot glasses.

I used to buy Kor shots at the supermarket during the winter months, to help boost my immune system. But gosh are they expensive! So to save some money, I developed this copycat recipe to share with you and it’s spot on to the store-bought version.

These ginger shots are incredibly simple to make, plus you can customize the intensity of the ginger juice to suit your taste. All you need to make these healthy wellness shots at home is a high-powered blender and a fine-mesh strainer. Easy!

Ginger Shot Recipe Video

Want to see how easy it is to make these shots at home? Watch the video below!

Health Benefits of Ginger

If ginger shots are new to you, let me give you a little background on the health benefits of ginger. Ginger is a flowering plant originating from China, and is related to turmeric, cardamom, and galangal. The underground part of the ginger stem has a long history in both traditional and alternative medicine. And ginger gets its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties from naturally high levels of gingerol.

Ginger has been used to treat nausea, indigestion, muscle soreness, and osteoarthritis symptoms. Ginger may also may help to lower blood sugar, improve brain function, and prevent heart disease. It’s a true superhero in the world of superfoods and one of my favorite anti-inflammatory ingredients!

Ginger Shot Ingredients

Similar to Kor brand’s wellness shot, there’s just 4 ingredients in this recipe:

  • Ginger: For the strongest flavor, I recommend using fresh ginger root. But check out my tips below on using dried ginger.
  • Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice will always provide a brighter flavor than jarred lemon juice. So that’s what I use!
  • Coconut Water: For a little natural sweetness to balance the pungent ginger lemon flavor.
  • Cayenne Pepper: To give these shots a little kick of heat, and it can also improve circulation and digestion.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below

The ingredients to make ginger shots on a countertop.

How to Make Ginger Shots

You don’t need a fancy (and hard to clean) juicer to make ginger shots. Just pull out your high-powered blender and a fine-mesh strainer and start juicing!

  1. Wash and chop ginger root. No need to peel the ginger since you’ll be straining the juice before drinking it. Just roughly chop it to make blending easier.
  2. Juice fresh lemons. The bright citrus flavor of lemon juice pairs well with the ginger and tastes much better than bottled. It also gives you a healthy dose of Vitamin C.
  3. Blend until smooth. Blend the ginger pieces and lemon juice until no chunks of ginger remain.
  4. Strain well. Straining the ginger and lemon mixture helps remove bits of ginger peel and those pesky ginger fibers! To get the most juice, press the solids with the back of a spoon when straining.
  5. Serve. Ginger shots are meant to be drunk all at once as a quick shot. Be careful not to drink more than one shot a day since too much ginger can cause heartburn.

Ginger shot ingredients in a blender, ready to be blended.

Tips for the Best Shots

Use fresh or ground ginger. Ginger root tastes almost spicy when eaten raw, while ginger powder has a more earthy flavor similar to dried turmeric. If you don’t have a high-speed blender, you can quickly make ginger shots by whisking together ground ginger with the other ingredients. Since they’re both healthy, feel free to use fresh or ground ginger in your shots depending on your taste and what you have handy.

Feel the burn. The potent flavor compounds in fresh ginger can give you a fiery sensation in your mouth when drinking ginger shots. That’s normal, but you can always drink a little water afterwards.

Pile on the health benefits. To make your ginger shots even healthier, you can always tweak the recipe and add raw honey, turmeric root, aloe vera juice, pineapple juice, or apple cider vinegar.

Two ginger shots next to a lemon and ginger root.

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Two ginger shots next to lemon and ginger.

Ginger Shots (Better Than Store Bought!)

5 from 16 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
Start your day with an anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, and antioxidant blast! These super-simple ginger shots take just minutes to make with a high-speed blender. Watch how I make them in the video above!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup ginger root, washed, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice, from 3-4 lemons
  • 1/4 cup coconut water
  • pinch or two cayenne pepper

Instructions 

  • Place all ingredients in the pitcher of your high-powered blender.
  • Put the lid on the blender, and process until the ginger and lemon juice mixture is smooth.
  • Strain the liquid through a fine-mesh strainer.
    Pour the ginger juice through a fine mesh strainer into a glass.
  • Press on the solids with the back of a spoon to extract as much juice as possible.
    Pushing down on the ginger mixture in the strainer, to extract as much juice as possible.
  • Pour the strained liquid into shot glasses and drink all at once.

Lisa's Tips

  • You can always double this recipe and save the remaining ginger shots for up to one week in a sealed container in the fridge.

Nutrition

Calories: 12kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 17mg, Potassium: 83mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 4mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: ginger shot recipe, ginger shots, wellness shots
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52 comments on “Ginger Shots”

  1. I confess: I am lazy, especially first thing in the morning. A local supermarket recently enlarged its vegan offerings and now sell 150ml ginger shots. They cost €0,99, and contain 65% apple juice, 25% ginger juice, and 10% lemon juice, all fresh-squeezed. There are no additives. I keep them in the refrigerator and pop one open as soon as I can drag my self to the refrigerator. Healthy greetings from Austria!

  2. I just discovered your recipes and I’ve already made like 5 of them! Thanks so much for providing great, healthy recipes for us. 
    If someone doesn’t have a blender, can powdered ginger be used and if so, how much would you recommend? Thanks!

  3. Can the shots be frozen and used as a morning tonic with hot water?

    Thank you 

    Kimberley 

  4. Do you think it would be possible to double or triple tis recipe and store it in the fridge for a weeks worth? Would be nice to make it on Sunday and have ginger juice shots for the week!

  5. Hi Lisa, can we store this in fridge without adding lemon

  6. Hi Lisa, Thank you for all your wonderful videos . I just tried the ginger shot recipe which was pungent. question for you…what do you do the leftover ginger in the strainer? throw it away or can you make tea from it? Thank you!5 stars

  7. Walk, don’t run and get the ingredients to make this simple, healthy health shot!!!! I have a Vitamix but I guess I always assumed I needed a juicer to make this. Thank you Lisa for sharing this! LIFE CHANGER 🙌5 stars

  8. I have made this so many times! It is strong but delicious.  I used to purchase the ginger shots at Trader Joe’s at $1.99 for 2 oz.  but not any more!! Thanks Lisa!!!5 stars

  9. These make a massive difference first thing. 5 stars

  10. I love your content and videos! I see a lot of people use coconut water, milk, etc in their recipes and this one in particular. I have a severe allergy to it. What ingredient would you recommend in its place?

  11. I am pregnant, can I have these? 

  12. Today was the fIrst time I tried a ginger shot, your recipe is invigorating; love the heat! Thank you for sharing so many great glutton free whole food recipes. 5 stars

  13. Thanks so much for your quick and easy recipe it is a very very best I have ever tasted and it truly is a lot cheaper to make your own than to go and buy it already made! I appreciate you because you always have the best efficient recipes that are cost-effective thanks again sincerely Angel star5 stars

    • Homemade ginger shots are the best! Glad you enjoyed this recipe and can now save a bit of money on store-bought ginger shots.

  14. Can you blend this using a magic bullet?

  15. Would this do well in the freezer?

    • Yes, you can definitely freeze them!

    • Hi Lisa!

      I recently came across your Youtube channel and I love it! This recipe turned out great!

      Out of curiosity, after straining the juice, can the left over bits be used for anything? If so, what do you recommend?

      I made a larger batch so I have half a glass full of the strained bits.

      Thank you so much! 

      • Hi Tiffany – You can use the pulp for smoothies, but I haven’t tried using it for anything else yet. If you do, let me know what you come up with :)

      • You could add it to muffin mix before baking. I’ve done that with the remains of juiced beets and carrots and so it should work with the ginger root too.

  16. Can you make a batch of these and store?  How long would they last in fridge, or freezer?  Do you lose nutritional benefit if you don’t consume immediately?5 stars

    • Hi Brittany – yes, you can definitely make a larger batch! It’s hard to say how much nutritional benefit you’d lose, but personally, I still think it’s worth it. You can keep them in the fridge for about 4-5 days or the freezer for months. Just add them to an ice cube tray!

  17. Thanks, Lisa! You’re right, these are SOOOOO expensive when bought from the market!

    Would you consider adding a recipe (equivalent) for turmeric lime juice shots too? :)

  18. I tried this recipe just this morning, but added 1tbsp of organic turmeric powder. I had to add a little agave to tone it down until I get used to it, but the drink itself was DELICIOUS, and the burn was invigorating!!
    I’m going to try doing this every morning for a week, with the goal of doing it for one month.
    Thanks for sharing!!5 stars

  19. Do you recommend a particular brand of coconut water? I’ve seen mixed reviews about locally available brands and I’m never sure if I’m wasting money or buying a decent product.

  20. Absolutely amazing. Before I tried these shots I had problem with having enough energy for my busy day. I’ve tried supplements, energising teas and had to drink red bull from time to time just to get through the day. These shots changed it for me, I feel energised like never and I’m sure with time they will improve my immune system.5 stars

  21. This recipe was fabulous! Love shots like this for boosting my family’s immunity, especially this time of year! Will definitely make again!5 stars

  22. Viruses be gone! Love this…5 stars

  23. Super easy, healthy, and delicious! I love the ginger and coconut combo and I’ve used cayenne in my healing beverages since my college days, so it’s a welcome addition to this recipe. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  24. This is such a refreshing way to start the day!! It wakes me up immediately without caffeine and tastes great too!5 stars

  25. Ginger is something I have incorporated into my daily life. Thank you for sharing the recipe5 stars

  26. Wonderful shots, thank you.5 stars

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